Fierro’s Out On Fashion Star
Another frenetic episode of NBC’s new reality competition Fashion Star has passed, and Lewisville-based designer Oscar Fierro didn’t make the cut. Following his presentation of three questionable looks and a comment from mentor John Varvatos involving the word “hootchie”, Fierro failed to receive any bids from participating retailers. Elimination and tears came shortly thereafter. We’re willing to be, however, that this isn’t the last we’ll see of him this season.
Kohl’s Launches Idol Clothing Line
Speaking of reality competition shows and fashion, affordable department store Kohl’s has partnered with American Idol on the upcoming Authentic Icon clothing line. Beginning in April, aspiring pop stars (and regular folks) can pick up sequined tees, embellished blazers, and jeans to wear to their next viewing party. Check out the promo video here.
Hilfiger Pledges $1M+ For Factory Safety Enforcement
Lastly, on a serious note, via Fashionista we learn of an investigation conducted by ABC’s Brian Ross into continuing safety concerns at garment factories in Bangladesh. According to Ross’ report, hundreds of deaths have occurred in clothing manufacturing facilities in that country over the past several years. Companies including the aforementioned Kohl’s, as well as Gap and Tommy Hilfiger are known to do business with some of these dangerous, low-paying factories.
After a sit-down with Ross, however, Hilfiger and his parent company pledged $1 – $2 million for an independent inspector to enforce safety standards. Gap reports it is working toward a similar agreement. For the full story and video, click here.
(Photo credits, from top: 1. NBC.com, 2. Kohls.com, 3. BusinessofFashion.com)